Weekend&how you should lobster-ify your life..

Lobsters are the hottest crustaceans around right now. Not since Schiapperalli collaborated with Dali on a dress have they been this hip.

Probably it’s mostly Dolce&Gabbana are driving this trend, those lobster earrings are everywhere. And where they go, people will follow(apparently).

1.Wear it;H&M has this t-shirt. That’s an option if you want in on this trend. A better way is to just read either Consider the lobster by David Foster Wallace(I’ve ordered a copy but it hasn’t arrived yet) or Husmoderns död och andra texter by Sara Danius if you are fluent in Swedish. Again; books are not something I think of as an accessory but I often have one in my hand so I might as well look trendy while I’m at it. The former I have not read yet but it comes highly recommended, the latter is absolutely brilliant. Danius is the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy for a reason. The notorious eighteen knew what they did when the asked her to join(if the members of the academy were available like movie star cards in the 60’s (or Pokémon cards)  I’d probably be willing to trade quite a few of the others to have her and historian Peter Englund).

2. Eat lobster rolls; This is one of the things that Gwyneth Paltrow and I agree on, this and the usefulness of grey cardigans.  I’ve learned the hard way that I eat like a neanderthal and thus have grease stains on several delicate items of clothing, as lobster rolls always are served with a dollop of mayonnaise on top. I need a bib, and more lobster rolls. I lament my silk blouses but I really think it was totally worth it. Mayonnaise!! Always make sure to put some finely chopped chives in the Hellman’s mayonnaise you serve them with. Or make your own mayo and use elderflower vinegar(I’m sure Gwyneth would approve; I made the vinegar myself )

3.Watch Last week tonight with John Oliver; they have a mock supreme court with dogs. But when President Trump got to elect a member to the court they chose a lobster as a symbolic representative in their mock-court. Because lobsters are trendy. The could just have chosen a cat, a parrot or a pig. They didn’t. They chose a lobster. Just sayin’.

-Suss

Kilts&Covers; a bookish three step guide to the Gucci look

I’m really into what Gucci is doing right now. On and off they hit just the right spot and this is one of those times. I’m not over the moon about everything in the collection but when I walked past the Gucci store and saw this window display I swooned a little; partly because it’s a combination of things I like, and so I already had most of it. Just a matter of putting it together; here is how.

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  1. Get a kilt; I’m not gonna get into the whole “only men have kilts and by the way that thing you are wearing isn’t even that”; I say kilt and you know approximatively what I mean. I love a bit of tartan and have had plenty of skirts there of. This is a classic women’s kilt-style skirt which is a good investment as they work on many occasions and look good on most people; I have an old tear sheet  with Laura Bailey wearing one that is pretty much #stylegoals but alas I’m not blond and beautiful. This is the kind of thing that can be had for a bargain second hand so keep your eyes open. I paid 50 SEK(€5) for mine(see below) and I have used it loads; great winter skirt.
  2. Get a striped sweater (or just a plain sweater); I told you, this look is made of things I like. Striped sweaters, again, are a very classic thing. One of those french sailor sweaters with buttons on the shoulder is not a bad investment, but often striped sweaters can be found in good quality without breaking the bank. And even though this look is based on a stripes (I used a Sonia Rykiel one worn backwards) I really like the look of a plain grey sweater with both tartan skirts and skirts of chiffon or more delicate or durable material(jersey and leather is a match made in heaven). IMG_1713 (1)
  3. Read a book with a tiger on the cover; I’m holding Hanne Kjöller’s “En svensk tiger” about the culture of silence in the swedish police that my father insists I read but there are plenty of books out there that are worth reading and fits the look.

-Suss

Caesars&cameos

IMG_1629April so far? Finished Augustus by John Williams and my accessory of choice has been cameos; I’m currently all about that Roman profile apparently.

It took me a while to finish Augustus not because it wasn’t good, it was great, but because it’s the kind of book that I really want to read in long sittings and I’ve hadn’t had time for that the last two weeks.

It’s an epistolary novel and not until the end is one of those letters actually from Augustus himself. Until the third part his life is told through the eyes of other people which means that is very different from Stoner but yet the same. Stoner had a detached quality to it, as do this, but I guess that’s the voice of Williams shining through.

The novel isn’t historically correct it should be noted, Williams has toyed with timelines and invented lost manuscripts but there is a bigger truth then facts if I may be so bold. This is a novel, doesn’t claim to be anything then a novel and so accuracy isn’t the most important thing, the story is. I come to it with a knowledge of the Roman empire, and Augustus,  in addition to a well-documented love of The memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar which was written around the same time. I must now read I,Claudius by Robert Graves which I have only seen as a BBC-adaptation. That said, a knowledge and interest in the inner workings of that empire is not a prerequisite for enjoying this; the story of a ambitious politician is timeless in many ways.

The same day as I bought Augustus I wore my inherited cameo for the first time in a long time, it was for a special occasion. And apparently my appetite for classics/granny-style continues. Yes I did buy a pelargonium, and Yes: I did rummage for my other cameos. I think the Roman profile on the cover of the book has seeped in to my unconscious.

Technically my pendant is an “intaglio”(it has to do with if they are carved out or imprinted) but that has been used a lot; it’s a 1920’s thing I bought in an antique shop once.  The big cameo I sometimes use put at my collar, the two small ones I mostly use together. I’m looking for a third because they look best that way, like a triumvariate of cameos.

Things mentioned in this post;

Augustus by John Williams

Cameos

The memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenare

BBC-adaptation of I,Claudius

-Suss

conception Spatiale

IMG_1474Have you ever seen any of Lucio Fontana’s work in the Conception Spatiale-series? They look a bit like what has happened to my dressing gown, except he used a blade to create an opening, this is caused by wear and tear(and possibly a source of heat at some point)?

Where Fontana saw his pieces as giving the spectator an impression of spatial calm, of cosmic rigour, of serenity in infinity (quote from link down below).

My clothes are currently giving the viewer more of me than they want to see and me a slight panic. A pair of jeans have some awful tears around the thighs (and crotch if I’m honest) so I’m down to two pairs of jeans at the moment. So the dressing gown is out of the game, so is two tops and a wool-blend sweater has been washed a little on the hot side. Although that was ages ago, I’ve just kept using it. However having been just a tad bit felted it isn’t as comfortable anymore and not as flexible; small tears have started to show. Old,H&M ,bought on sale- but I love the colour (it’s chartreuse)

What else? A huge tunic that I’ve had for years and used as some sort of loungewear has got some holes in it. It’s amazing, and horrifying, what you notice as natural daylight has made a comeback in our lives. Two t-shirts are so mangy I’ve delegated them to “work out clothes”.

Little by little my wardrobe is falling apart, and it’s a natural process. Some of these things were second-hand or made of old fabric; then they will have a shorter lifespan. The jeans are just used loads which is what happens if you only have four pairs.

As frustrating as it is, it’s not like I’m gonna have to go naked any time soon. I will have to buy shoes as on pair Stan Smith’s and a bunch assorted high heels isn’t exactly compatible with my life since I’m always walking from point a to b(and c). I have been given some lovely fabrics, and I never have a shortage of ideas.

In the end I have a positive view on this; I’ve used my clothes(or someone has used them before me) to the point of breaking as it should be. It’s kind of nice to sort of shed a skin(because it feels like it) and I embrace the challenge of dressing a bit differently and rediscovering old pieces from my closet as I go along.

I will try hard not to buy anything,except shoes and possibly a white shirt.

Things mentioned in this post;

Lucio Fontana

-Suss

Wednesday&What have I been wearing?

Bad pics,random post and currently I’m stuck in a “50 shades of grey” mode it seems. What’s going on?

Bally makes the unsexiest shoes known to man but they keep my feet warm and that is of the essence so I wear them a lot. And they are almost the only shoes I have since two pairs of my winter shoes fell apart, and high heels boots are not for every day.

I realize that part of the boring choice in clothes comes from the uninspiring weather and season. The elements need to be taken into account when getting dressed, and getting glasses, rather distinct ones, has made me re-evaluate how I dress. Oh, and the fact that my wardrobe has kind of imploded again.

The grey pinstriped skirt and matching jacket are something my dad bought on one of his travels. Except it wasn’t a skirt then but a pair of huge harem-style pants. Huge. I cut them up and made a little skirt, the jacket is pretty much the same, I just shortened the sleeves. Not the best quality of fabric but a bit of wool in it so I stay nice and toasty. I do like the look of a small skirt and a big jacket, that clash of proportions.

The grey dress is made of “fleece” that I had bought to use as backing on a blanket. In the end it got used for this but it will soon fall apart. Fleece is,again, a lovely fabric to keep warm and the softness is appealing. But what I have learned the last year is that small particles of it fall out when it’s in the washing machine, particles that end up wrecking havoc in nature. The other thing is that it’s not a very durable material. The armpits and shoulders on this thing are worn out after only like two years of use. Frequent use(and being washed by hand) but still. I hope makes it through to May.

The third is a beloved grey cashmere sweater and a skirt made of left-over fabric from when I helped a friend make some curtains. A very cool print from a Finnish company that I cannot remember the name of. I’ve loved this skirt and I’ve gotten many(many) compliments over the years. But it is worn in places and this might be the last you see of it. As it was a small thing to begin with so there really isn’t much to work with; often I’ll make old dresses into skirts etc. Not so in this case. It will probably rip and then R.I.P.

No worries though; I have like 30 skirts in my closet. All I need now is some sunshine and a nice pair of summer shoes.

-Suss

 

Accessorizing outside the box

I’m not gonna get too specific with this or make a tutorial; I just want to plant a seed and hopefully make you look at things around you a bit differently.

Jewelry is one thing; know what you are doing when working with expensive materials or leave it to professionals. Accessories though? Go for it.

With a few simple tools( a pair of small pliers, sandpaper possibly), super glue and supplies from the craft shop fun thing can be made.

When it comes to the super glue use the “gel” kind if you can find it, it usually comes in a little tube. Works better then the more liquid kind with these sort of thing. And don’t trust that “dries in 10 seconds” thing. Add light pressure for half a minute and leave to dry over night before using.

There are “ready” rings to buy;you just have to glue something on it. In this case a teacup that is a knickknack from my childhood and a button from an old(and loved) coat.

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Buttons also make excellent pins; I’ve found different kinds and sizes of “bases” so the sky is the limit. Here three old coats (I really love my coats) will be remembered through pins. They do look very good together on the lapel of a fourth coat oddly enough.

An old broken watch from a flea market in Paris became a necklace, as did some buttons from a table organ. The last to have the word “vox humana” and “voix celestial” printed on them. Again; those two are best worn together.

And then there is a necklace with little souvenir pendants, solitaire earrings and a little marble heart in the middle. I would like to wear a charm bracelet but turns out I’m to active and the thing snags in everything. And I loose two many earrings in wintertime. My body language and the consequences of long scarfs ended up being ingredients for a “charm necklace”.

I’d say start with rings and pins as they are easiest but none of this is really hard. Time-consuming only if you decide to make shards of a broken plate into a necklace or earrings because then you have to sand down the edges with sandpaper and it can take some time( and do it outside; it gets very dusty).

These are not expensive things, although for me they all have affectionate value, but they are fun. And we all need a bit more of fun.

-Suss

 

Blank-et space

So over the years a selection of blankets has accumulated. It’s the kind of thing that I’ve gotten as a gift, and I have bought a few myself too. It’s the kind of thing that is useful and an easy way to change the mood of a room.

Currently there is a patchwork blanket( a mix of my own work and a huge blanket from a flea market) on the bed for those really cold nights and a 60’s mint green and white one folded on the sofa that is used when warmth is needed. I do love that shade of green.

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In the back of the linen closet two other blanket have been hiding. Both were lovely at some point but one was ruined by a cat, the other by moth(a sad sad story). I didn’t have the heart to throw away the whole thing so cut off the eaten bits and did what someone had told me about; I basically boiled it in the washing machine. And then I did it with the other blanket too.

TAKE NOTE! this only works with blankets that are wool. And don’t do it directly in the machine; put it in a pillowcase that you tie-up properly first. In short follow these instruction. I didn’t; I just did as  I was told. The pillowcase part is crucial but I didn’t add balls or anything for “rough it up” which is important for a good result.

When it’s done you have great material for crafting projects; this thick felted wool doesn’t need to be zigzagged instead you can just cut and sew to your hearts content.

img_0385First I made a little pocket for my phone because nothing drains battery like a cold phone(and it’s often cold as I live in Sweden and put my phone in the pocket of my coat). I also made a series of pouches for my sunglasses. As it is the kind of thing that I’m often buying cheaply they don’t come with their own cases. In the future they will be at least semi-protected when lingering in my bag. With these it’s just deciding the size, then I handstitched them in a neutral colour. Could be done in embroidery yarn as a colorful detail. There is no need to make proper buttonholes on a sewing machine; just cut a slit the size you want.

img_0685The other blanket became a cover for my macbook. Here you can see what can be the result if it isn’t properly roughed up in the was; piling. I might just run this through another wash to see if it helps. It wont shrink anymore at least but the surface might improve.

Online I’ve seen tea cosies, coasters,cushions and a wealth of other things made of wool items that have been shrunk in the washing machine(intentionally or not; If you ever shrink a sweater in the wash by mistake  you can save face by using it for crafts).

-Suss